Saturday, November 26, 2011

Savings continue through Cyber Monday

Save all week end at the Etsy Black Friday though Cyber Monday Sale. Here are just a few of the tasty tidbits you can find at participating PCAGOE member stores.  "Black Friday Etsy in Polymer Clay" Treasury created by Lisa of HiGirls

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Handmade from our PCAGOE family

Handmade from our PCAGOE Family, a treasury, created by Berit of Clay Images, of practical, weird, eccentric, eclectic and beautiful Home Decor Gifts made with care by members of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.

Save Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Shop and Save on Etsy Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

You can find amazing gifts for just about everyone on your list by visiting our members' shops. And this Black Friday through Cyber Monday many of our artists are participating in the Etsy Thanksgiving weekend sale. So sit back with a warm cup of coffee anytime from Nov. 25-28 and visit these participating shops from the comfort of your own home to save on great gifts.

All items in the Neckwear Section 15% off
Ruched Gauze Diamond Leaves Handmade Necklace

Free shipping on select items
Salmon and Jade Necklace

Free shipping
Wire Wrapped Green Leaf Earrings

Selected items on sale and others with free shipping

Mosaic Dream Pendant

Free shipping on switch plates and outlet covers
Switch Plate in Red, White, and Silver with Foil Accents
Free Shipping

Polymer Clay and Resin Finished Pocket Mirror

10% off
Hearts and Butterfly Wings Necklace

15% off (enter the coupon code BFCMSALE Nov. 21-29 when checking out)

Beautiful Blue Millefiori Star Handmade Ornament

Free shipping on all jewelry

Fleur-de-lis Pendant


You can also search the following tags for great deals: Black Friday etsy, free shipping etsy, Black Friday PCAGOE, free shipping PCAGOE, Cyber Monday PCAGOE

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November Challenge Winners

And the winners of the November "Caning" challenge are:

Winners voted on by PCAGOE members:

1st Place: 

November Kaleidoscope Challenge Cane by Jackie of The Pleasant Pheasant

2nd Place: 

Cha Cha Style Charm Bracelet  by Angela of Polymer Clay Creation

3rd Place:

Kaleidoscope cane by Marcia of marcymPC

Winners voted on by the public:

1st Place: 

November Kaleidoscope Challenge Cane by Jackie of The Pleasant Pheasant

2nd Place: 

Cha Cha Style Charm Bracelet  by Angela of Polymer Clay Creation

3rd Place:

Last Rose of Summer Compact Mirror by Linda of NKDesigns

The voters who won prizes this month:
Jan Manning
Dalit Levy
Barbara Stone

Winning voters have one week after being contacted to furnish us with your mailing address. If you do not respond within 1 week, your prize will be forfeited and returned to the prize pool.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted and supports our challenges each month.

158 votes were cast this month.

Comments left by the voters:
The wonderful thing about polymer clay (or one of them!) is the endless possibilities - caning only multiplies that "endless" quality. What a great variety and example of that variety!

Incredible work and variety!

the choices were amazing! We have such talented artists in this guild.

Caning is an artform in and of itself. These are definitely great examples of some beautiful canework.

Very, very hard group to choose from this month!

Such diversity and vibrant colors. I applaud you all.

Great challenge! Good job to all.

Love the variety of entries this month.

Awesome all you talented ladies! Thank you so much for letting me take a peek and vote. It was very hard this time. Good luck!!Theresa

what fun to see all the different takes each month :) after my mom gets better I'd like to try my hand at a challenge

Beautiful work all! Keep clayin!

Tough choices! Such talented artists!

Great job by all the participants. We need to start this idea someday in our guild - North Texas Polymer Clay Guild.

I love these beautiful items! this is a great idea for a challenge:)

They are all wonderful and made it hard to choose, they are all winners.......Kathy P

What a variety of canes and uses for the canes. Great job everyone!

glad you're here!

So many creative entries this month!

Loved the vivid colors and creative thought process. Great job by all!

Wonderful variety.

There are some beautiful pieces here. I wish I could have seen #5 from above, and it would have helped if each piece had gotten individually enlarged much more than was provided for, as some of the cane work was too fine to appreciate "at a distance," like #s 3 and 7, and even #10, although I did vote for the latter because of its beautiful colors.
The color choices and symmetry in the frog, the precision caning in #13, and the novel idea of #16, which is also lovely, appealed to me too, but alas, we can only vote for three!

I can see a ton of work was put into all these entries - and it shows!

Such creativity! I love to see each and every one of the selections. A lot of time and effort and commitment is seen here. Thank you for sharing.

this one was really hard. I looked at all of them and then had to walk away and come back and pick one. They are all so very good and I can see all the hard work, love, devotion and skill that went in to each one. Good luck to all of you.

Lovely entries. Thanks for sharing with us your creative work

I love to see the beautiful pieces made by your members!

This challenge was a hard one to make 1st, 2nd and 3rd place choices with. I also liked the Mustard girl for her simplicity of design, the buttons beautiful and practical, the bull frog because it was so different from the others, the other compact for it's pattern, the pen and holder too. I thought all of the works were very beautiful this month :)

Love those salt and pepper shakers. Good job everyone.

I love the colors on 10 and want one of the #11 pendants!

I still need to pay my dues but I want to join. I just love seeing where everyone goes with their work. Polymer clay is such a happy medium and you can see that from this challenge.

Its always such a pleasure to see what your artists have created.

Great theme, very intriguing. The more complex, the better. Great job, as always.

Always enjoy the beautiful art work. Sure is hard to pick when all of them are great.

great creations this month. It was harder to choose only 3.

I love seeing cane work as I don't do it. The colors in 13 and 14 were beautiful. The triangle was very artsy and interesting. Good job !!

#1 was very crisp with nice shading #2 was beautiful for all the colors and canes #3 a cool use canes for a picture, very different

Tough choices this month... I absolutely LOVE Angela's cha-cha bracelet, which is why I chose it as #1. I also loved Susan's bowl and Jill's compact mirror, my other picks for the top 3. But as I said, it was REALLY tough choosing, so many great pieces, I think I changed my mind 10 times over! Great Job Everyone!!

Love the resin finish on 14, a lovely piece.

I love clay, but can not imagine so intrigate and complex work could be done.In Brazil we have very few classes and books about. Congratulations to all! hugs

Awesome work! They way ya'll make canes is magic!

I loved them all but the cane bracelet makes me want to start making one immediately!

I really enjoy looking at the entries

Enjoy seeing all that is out there!

Excellent cane work... great to see you all showcasing your talent! :)

All the designs are amazing! It was difficult to narrow my choices down to only 3, but (somehow!) I managed to do it!!! :)

I love your challenges, they always inspire me!

I hope marcympc posts photos of her multi cane kaleidoscope finished projects. This is a great use of leftover millefiori canes.

Beautiful collection of pieces by both experienced and beginner caners.

first time here. I found you from the pacific northwest guild's webpage

I loved the different cane applications--What a great variety of ideas of how to use canes!

Really enjoy oohing and aahing over your monthly entries....then sighing as I say, "one of these days I might..maybe as good"????
Seriously, all the entries always inspire me tremendously !! :D

These canes are all so beautiful. I am a big fan of the complex canes and the ones with the very nice matching color combinatons. So that is how I made my choice but it wasn't easy!

I love looking at all the fabulous creative things in your contests!

The pink cane valet - spectacular craftsmanship. Just beautiful!

found you folks on Polymer clay daily!

The choices were hard to make all of the designs were awasome ! Good Luck to All !!

I envy the skill of these wonderful caners! Great work ladies!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November PCAGOE Challenge: Caning

Scroll to the bottom of the post to vote for your favorites!

The November PCAGOE challenge showcases our members' caning skills. A cane is a log or cylinder of clay that has a design running through it, so each slice of the cane contains the design. Here you will find some great items made with canes as well as the raw canes themselves. Public voting is open until Nov. 7. Vote for your favorites at the bottom of the post and you could win a prize!

And the entries are:
The voting form is at the bottom of this post. It may take a minute for it to appear. Click on the titles to see a larger image.

1 - Abstraction Bangle by Lisa of HiGirls
"The cane I started out making was nothing like this! This one just kept growing into the abstract pattern you see here."

"This picture is made entirely of canes I had on hand. Nothing is "plain" clay. Even the trunk of the tree is from a slab of faux wood cane. I had to reduce some canes - like the flag and the fish, to make them work, and the sun is actually a slice of a flower petal cane. The driveway and sidewalk are more faux wood - it was a so-so attempt at faux ebony. 

3 - Children of the World Kubotan Keychain by Deb of RenGalSA 
"This is my entry in the PCAGOE November Challenge - CANING! OMG I had too many choices and still can't decide which picture to use. =)"

4 - McCaw Cane Compact Mirror by Jill of JKay Jewelry 
" I've had the stamina to make the McCaw Cane one time. I made a lot of it and I use sparingly until I have the time to do it again. I used thin slices of the cane to make the veneer on this compact mirror. The configuration of the cane that I used for the veneer is shown. It was hard to choose which configuration to use - they are all good."

5 - Purples and Pinks Cane Valet 119 by Susan of 11BoldStreet 
"My entry for the November PCAGOE Challenge is this all-polymer valet/bowl, featuring inlays of four separate abstract canes in shades of primarily pinks and purples. The bowl base is translucent polymer stained with alcohol inks and the feet are polished spheres of cane scraps and translucent."

6 - Cha Cha Style Charm Bracelet  by Angela of Polymer Clay Creation
 "This is my entry into the PCAGOE monthly challenge. The theme for the month is "Canes". To make this cha cha style charm bracelet I used 7 different borderless canes that I had made. I used the colors of fall, one of my favorite times of the year when all the leaves are changing."

7 - Fall Color Burst Salt and Pepper Shakers by Berit of Clay Images 
"This is my entry into the PCAGOE monthly challenge "canes": Covered Salt and Pepper Shakers. I made this kaleidoscope cane in a workshop with Julie Eakes, and this is one of many possible patterns. The lighter and darker shades of brown at the bottom distinguish the content."

8 - Mokume Gane Buttons by Becky of Becky Sue Creations 
"This is a mokume gane cane that I made using navy blue, green and ecru."

9 - Caned Bullfrog by Lyndell of Classons Creations
" This bullfrog is bursting with colour as he relaxes and finds himself while performing the yoga pose "The Lion." He is handscupted out of Premo and incorporates a zipper cane and simple shapeshifting cane."

10 - Kaleidoscope cane by Marcia of marcymPC 
"consists of maybe 25 to 35 canes put together in a triangle, intended to be sliced and 3 or more slices put together to create kaleidoscope images."

11 - Little Lady Pendant in Mustard by Amanda of Polyclarific 
"This little lady pendant was created using caning. Her dress is also made up of several small canes."

12 - Snowflake Ball Ornament by Marie of YoungCreative 
"This is my first attempt at caning. I used a free snowflake tutorial created by a former PCAGOE member, although I added my own touch by combining silver along with blue to give the snowflake a little sparkle. I made a couple versions for variety in the flakes."

13 - November Kaleidoscope Challenge Cane by Jackie of The Pleasant Pheasant
 "This is my entry for the PCAGOE November Challenge: I like the green and purple "spiderweb" look in the center of this cane, as well as the vivid black and white elements."

14 -Last Rose of Summer Compact Mirror by Linda of NKDesigns 
"This is a double mirror compact finished with resin. The base is metallic violet clay with turquoise and violet roses. There are also semi-transparent flowers over the pocket mirror."

15 - Three Canes by Line of Play Sculpt Live 
"This is my entry for this month's challenge. I find caning a real challenge but am pleased with these. The center one of the lizard is my favorite. He was my first one, of a form of sorts, that turned out well."

16 - Teal Note Pad Holder by Arlene of Ashpaints 
"This note pad holder is sized to fit a standard 3 inch square Post-It pad. The header has an indention designed to hold the matching pen. There are three canes used in this design, the purple passion flower, the leaf and a ghost spiral."

Several of the entries are available for sale in our members' store. Please visit the individual shops to see these and other wonderful items.

What you could win:
Three lucky winners will win one of these great items made by our members.

Vote Here
Choose your top 3 favorites. The same entry may not be counted more than once. Voting is open to the public Nov. 1-7. Read the expanded rules here.

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